Vettel makes it a hat-trick by claiming pole in Azerbaijan

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Baku's tight corners and narrow streets mean any incidents in the race will likely draw out the safety auto, and could offer chances for drivers starting farther back.

Kimi Raikkonen was second-fastest for Ferrari, 0.069 seconds off Ricciardo's time.

Hamilton groaned his way around Shanghai bemoaning how Mercedes were only the third quickest behind Ferrari and Red Bull.

It's the first time Ocon and Perez have started side-by-side this season, but even being separated on the grid didn't stop them coming close to contact on the opening lap in China.

"They have been quick all weekend".

"But we are in the mix now and I aim to make things uncomfortable for him in the race".

"I also had a good exit of the last corner, which has been incredibly hard today with the wind playing tricks on all of us, I guess, and even a little bit of a tow with a vehicle five, six, seven seconds ahead, so I was really happy with how that lap came together".

"There were two tiny bits when it was not exactly ideal, so I knew in the second run I would have to go out and get it again".

"I don't know, it just got sideways. I just got sideways, I managed to get it back but from that point I knew it was gone, because it's all straights and flat out".

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He added: "It will be an intense race".

The in-form Ricciardo, who won a insane race in 2017 which featured the most overtakes of the season, claimed: "I think we've got a real good race auto".

"Our vehicle was really good this afternoon".

Raikkonen appeared in with a genuine chance of snatching pole until he made a mistake at Turn 15, leading to him losing pace towards the end of his flying lap.

A series of errors not only cost him top spot but has also compromised his race strategy.

Raikkonen will start from P6 on Sunday, starting on ultrasofts compared to the top five starting on supersofts.

But a mistake on his first run by Raikkonen, running wide at Turn Three, meant he had to run a set of ultra-softs on a second run to progress - and will now have to start on that tyre, which goes off much faster.

"Unfortunately these kind of changes take quite a long time, but I'd rather skip or lose some track time in the first session and be ready in the second one". At Sauber, Marcus Ericsson's second session was cut short by a gearbox problem.

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